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The unlikely path to entrepreneurship

The path to a career in the early 21st century is anything but a straight line. The very idea that you will just have one career is becoming increasingly antiquated. We have to be creative in our plans for economic sustainability. This means building upon success, and even as you go for your dreams, having a practical means to meet the demands of your economic reality. ...

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Proposal to elect insurance commissioner faces ‘uphill battle’

By Justine McGuire Capital News Service LANSING — If Michigan had an elected insurance commissioner rather than one appointed by the governor, consumers would benefit from more favorable policies and insurance rates, Sen. Virgil Smith, D-Detroit, said. Smith proposed a constitutional amendment to elect the insurance commissioner and said his research found that states that elect their commissioners tend to ...

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African Americans shift spending in tight economy

According to the data found in a new report, “The Buying Power of Black America,” now may be the most opportune time ever for businesses to develop a strategy for increasing their share of the Black American market. With the nation slowly recovering from recession, Black consumers represent the margin of profitability in most consumer product categories. ...

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Wayne State University commencement ceremonies celebrate class of 2013

More than 3,500 students will participate in two Wayne State University spring commencement ceremonies May 9. The ceremonies, which will conclude the university’s 145th academic year, will be held at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. The ceremonies will be one of the last major university events for President Allan Gilmour, who will retire in June. Gilmour stepped in to lead WSU in 2010 on an interim basis an ...

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Jesse Jackson honored for anti-apartheid work

Human rights activist Jesse L. Jackson has been presented the Companions of O.R. Tambo Award, the highest award a non-South African can receive, for his extensive efforts to help end apartheid in the country. Jackson, founder and president of the Chicago-based RainbowPUSH Coalition, accepted the award Saturday from President Jacob Zuma at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, one of the nation’s capital ...

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EAA uses DPS to survive

In 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder promised that the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) would provide a new, stable, financially responsible set of public schools dedicated to improving outcomes for the lowest achieving schools. The EAA’s brief history has demonstrated it could not exist without Detroit Public Schools (DPS), the district from which EAA was carved, and whose borrowing authority is key to the gover ...

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Urban renewal displaces residents

Recent evictions in the downtown and midtown area send the message to some that the new Detroit does not include many of the old Detroit residents. “This is going to end up like Harlem,” says lifelong Detroiter Betty Scruse. “They’re going to have the best and we’re going to have what’s left.” Scruse, 56, was recently evicted from her apartment at the newly renovated Alden Towers at 8100 East Jefferson. ...

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Lady barber cuts it up

Julie Colquitt, owner of Just Cuttin’ Up, always knew she would be a barber. The 47-year-old received her first set of tools as a pre-teen. “When I was in the seventh grade, I asked my mother for a pair of clippers for my birthday, and she honored me,” said Colquitt. “I had never been to a barbershop, I had three brothers, and I had never seen them get their hair cut.” Colquitt says she always knew cutting ...

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Students grow organic at Belle Isle Conservatory

Golightly Career and Technical Center Agriscience program is continuing a tradition that began over 30 years ago. Since 1981, students at the Detroit Public School have sold plants at the Belle Isle Conservatory. This year, Golightly students will hold a plant sale May 18-19 and a Community Garden Day May 21. The Golightly students belong to the National FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America), which suppo ...

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